How to Throw the Best Nightmare Before Christmas Party

How to Plant the Perfect Nightmare Before Christmas Party for Kids

So, my daughter Janelle was turning 4 and she really wanted a Halloween Christmas birthday party.  She was talking about that theme for over a month. Her birthday is in the beginning of December.  After thinking about how to go about planning this Halloween Christmas birthday party, I remembered the movie Nightmare Before Christmas and thought that it would be a great fit.  We watched the movie together and she became an instant fan, so much in fact that she wanted me to call her Sally.  This is when the planning began.  Now, The  Nightmare Before Christmas is not a popular birthday theme among toddlers. They don’t have decorations, down the party aisle at Party City, so I knew I had to get creative. We talked about what she wanted to have at her party and we made a list:

Make gingerbread houses

Treat or Treat ( I had to convince her that we could not walk around the block knocking on our neighbor’s doors for candy in December)

Have a photo booth with Jack and Sally

Have Zero

Play Games

Face Painting

Have Christmas and Halloween decorations

Play the song Thriller at the party

Goody Bags

She was very precise on what she wanted at her party.   Now that I had the list, I could start the shopping.

Ginger Bread Houses

OK, now time to get creative.  Since we started talking about this in mid-October.  The gingerbread houses would be the first thing to work on.  I thought how about Halloween/Christmas gingerbread houses.  I waited until the day after Halloween and hit the store to purchase the left-over Halloween gingerbread houses.  I saw them at Wal-Mart, A.C Moore and Party City.  It turned out that they were the cheapest at Party City.  They cost me only $2.75 each.  I needed 12, they had 9 in the store and I was able to purchase the rest on-line.  So, I had the Halloween houses and I wanted the kids to decorate them with Christmas candies.  I went to Wal-Mart and picked up gingerbread men, candy cane, mittens and Santa Claus little sugar cupcake toppers and white cookie frosting.  I also purchased Red and Green M&Ms, candy canes and used left over Smarties candies from Halloween.










Decorations and Favors

Shopping for a Halloween party right after Halloween is the best, everything is on sale.  I was able to get things for up to 80% off.  Even if you are not having a Halloween party, it is definitely worth it to shop after Halloween and save everything for next year.  I purchased some orange and black cookie icing and sugar black cat cupcake toppers for the gingerbread houses.  I also purchased some decorations and a lot of the glow bracelets and necklaces (they were .10 for 4).  I was able to get face paint on clearance.

I did not see any Nightmare Before Christmas table cloth or plates, so I purchased black and white table cloth, black and white plates, napkins and cups.

Trick-or Treating

At A.C Moore I purchased 2 cardboard pumpkins that I was going to paint as Jack and Sally. I used a black sharpie to draw Sally’s stitches and Jack’s face  They had an opening in the middle, I used this to place candy.  I was going to use the pumpkins to hold candy for trick-or-treating at the party.














Photo Booth

I knew finding a backdrop for the photo booth was going to be a little tricky. After a Google search, I found that there are many Nightmare Before Christmas themed shower curtain’s on the market.  I also found Nightmare Before Christmas fabric sold by Joann’s by the yard, but I wasn’t sure how much I would need.  I decided to go with the shower curtain.  I purchased a Nightmare Before Christmas Shower curtain on-line at Target.  I used the shower curtain hooks to attach to my curtain rod.  I purchased black table cloth and placed it on the floor.  I bought a Santa Claus Jack Skellington (Walgreens) and placed him on wrapped cardboard box.  I also added some other Christmas decorations to place in the backdrop.  I also used fake snow sheets that I purchased from A.C Moore, to make it look like it snowed in Halloween Town. The photo booth came out great and was a huge success with the kids.









Face Painting

We set up face painting in the corner of the room.  The kids got to choose from Sally stiches, Jack’s face, pumpkin, Christmas tree or a black cat.


We played Freeze dance and did the limbo (I purchased a limbo stick at Party City).  We created a You Tube play list that included songs from the movie plus thriller (my daughter loves Michael Jackson’s Thriller) and some Christmas music. The kids got to trick-or-treat from the Jack and Sally pumpkins after each game.


I served pizza, juice and water to the kids for lunch.  For dessert, I made Jack Skellington cookies.  I made the cookies, then I made cookie icing to make them look like Jack (recipe listed at the end of this post).









I also made Jack and Sally cake pops (recipe listed at the end of this post).  I painted 2 baby formula cans one to look like Sally and the other Jack.  I purchased Styrofoam balls to stick in the cans to hold the cake pops.  I also purchased Jack, Sally and Zero cake toppers from Etsy.  I used the Jack and Sally as part of the decoration for the cake pops.








I ordered a Jack and Sally cake.  I used the zero cake topper to put on the cake.

















To make Zero the dog I bought a large Styrofoam ball for him head and a cone shaped piece for his nose.  Using a hot glue gun, I glued them together.  I bought 2 yards of white cloth and wrapped it around the head and nose and secured it with a rubber band.  I hot glued a large googly eye on his head and a red pom-pom ball on the tip of his nose.  I used the extra cloth to make his ears.  I cut long ear shape pieces and sewed them to his head.  To hang Zero, I made slits on each end of the cloth where his legs would be and tied thread around it, I made more slits on the top of his head and on his ears.  I taped the thread to the ceiling to make him hang.








Goody Bags 

I purchased pumpkin goody bags, on clearance after Halloween.  I filled the bags with a Jack and Sally cake pop and a Jack cookie.  We also added Christmas themed bubbles, glow bracelet and necklace








Jack Skellington Cookie Recipe


1 cup sugar

1 egg yolk

3oz cream cheese

1 tea spoon vanilla

1 cup butter

2 ¼ cups flour


Cream the sugar and butter, add the cream cheese mix well.  Add the egg yolk, vanilla then slowly add the flour.  Roll the dough into a ball.  Add a small amount of flour onto some parchment paper.  Roll dough out evenly, use circle cookie cutter.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is a light, golden brown.  Let cookies cool


To make the icing

Place one cup of confectioners sugar into small mixing bowl.  Add two tablespoons of milk, mix until you get a shiny smooth texture. If it’s too thick add more milk, if it’s too runny add more sugar. Make again the same way but add black food coloring to make Jacks’s face.  Coat all of the cookies with the white icing.  When it is completely dry, place the black icing into a plastic piping bag, cut off the tip and use to draw on Jack’s face.  Wait at least one hour before stacking the cookies


Cake Pops

1 box cake mix

1 can icing

Melting chocolate ( I used white for Jack and  teal for Sally)


Make the boxed cake mix according to the package.  Bake the cake.  Once the cake has cooled crumple it up into tiny pieces.  Place one cup of store bought caking icing into the crumbled up cake.  Using your hands mix the icing and the cake together. Make tiny ½ -1 inch balls out of the mixture.  Place them on a cookie try lined with parchment paper and add a lollipop stick to each ball, refrigerate for 1 hour.  After an hour melt colored chocolate with a double broiler or a chocolate melt.  Dip the balls into the chocolate and place back on cookie sheet place back into the refrigerator until the chocolate has hardened.  If you are in a warm humid climate, I would keep them in the re

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

How to Plan the Best Kids Luau Party

If you’re throwing a beach or Luau themed party and don’t know where to start, then you’ve come to the right place.  We have ideas to plan the perfect kid approved party. We did this party with children aged 5-12 and everyone had a blast.


On a  budget?  You do not need to go crazy with decorations.  We used flowered plates and napkins and bought green and pink table-cloth. On the tables we used flower petals. We also had large blow up palm trees and some beach balls around. We purchased flower clips for each of the girls and greeted each of our guests with a lei.  We played Hawaiian music in the background. We had to have our party inside due to unexpected rain, but we did plan on having tiki torches outside.  Have a big budget, you can add a tiki bar for punch.


Food  is an important part of any party.  When planning a kids party it can be tough, because kids are picky and hard to please.  These recipes below have been kid tested and approved.

Cookies- Cookies are always a big hit with kids.  We made starfish, dolphin and palm tree cookies and the kid ate them up.  We also made small shells for the pudding (we will go over that later)The recipe listed below is great to use with cookie cutters and they don’t spread.  They are also not as sweet as sugar cookies, so when you add the icing it won’t be over the top sweet.

1 cup butter (2 sticks)

1 cup sugar

3 oz cream cheese

1/4 teaspoon vanilla

1 egg yolk

2 1/4 cups flour

Cream butter, sugar, cream cheese add vanilla and egg yolk then add flour a little at a time.  Do not over mix.  roll dough into ball, if it is too sticky add a little flour.  Roll out and use cookie cutters.  Bake at 325 for 10-12 minutes or until the bottom of the cookie is golden brown

Icing Recipe 

This is the easiest icing recipe I have ever made.  Just place a couple of spoonfuls of confectioners sugar into a bowl add a small amount of milk.  Mix it until the consistency is thick but can still run off the spoon.  It shouldn’t be watery. If it’s too watery add more confectioners sugar, if it’s too thick add more milk. You can add a tiny bit of almond or vanilla extract for flavor.  Add food coloring to make the colors.  We used brown and green for the palm trees, blue for the dolphins, we made a purple color for the shells.  For the starfish we did not use icing, we melted chocolate and dipped the back on them in it.  We also purchased edible eyes to put on the dolphins and starfish.


Sand pudding

Ingredients : instant banana pudding, smashed up sugar cookies, mini shells or crab cookies ( we used cookie cutters to make the shell and crab cookies)

Other Materials: Sand bucket and shovel

Make the pudding according to the package, the amount of pudding needed depends on how many kids you have.  We used 8 packages for about 20 kids

Purchase a package of  sugar cookies.  Place 3-4 in a Zip-Loc bag and roll over it with a rolling-pin until they are all smashed up and looks like sand.  You can also use graham crackers.

Optional: use chocolate molds to make small beach ball, sunglasses chocolates to add to the pudding.

Clean the beach bucket.  Layer pudding, smashed up cookies and shells and crabs until you fill the bucket.  Serve with the shovel.

Beach Jell-O

This is one of the kids favorites








Ingredients: Blue Jell-O, smashed up cookies (sugar or graham crackers), Teddy Graham’s, fish jelly candy, colored fruit roll up

Other Items: clear plastic cups and drink umbrella

Make Jell-O according to the package. Fill the cups a little less than half way fill.  Place them in the refrigerator to let them settle a little bit.  Once they are a little settled place the jelly fish inside.  Once Jell-O is completely set, add some of the smashed up cookies.  Also lay a piece of the fruit roll up on top of the cookie crumbs, lay the teddy graham on top and place a drink umbrella in.  Optional add a beach ball or sunglass chocolate using the chocolate mold.

Pigs in a blanket

Buy cocktail franks and wrap them with crescent roll dough, bake at 350 or until golden brown.  You can also buy regular hot dogs (a little cheaper), cut them into thirds and wrap them with the dough.


Luau Punch

We served our punch in a seashell punch bowl

Buy some fresh strawberries and blueberries, wash them, cut strawberries in half.  Place in freezer bag and freeze them. Buy some blue Hawaiian Punch and place in a punch bowl add the frozen fruit.

When you are ready to serve your food and some of your smashed up cookies (sand) on all the cookies as garnish.

We also served watermelon, kids love watermelon


Photo Booth

Photo Booths are so much fun at parties.  They are also very easy to make. They are always the kids first stop when I throw parties.

You need an empty wall or if you are doing your party outside you can use the fence. All of the items we purchased were available at Party City, Amazon and Oriental Trading. Buy a beach themed wall scene and use packing tape to tape it up.  For decorations we purchased two blow up palm trees, cut out shark mouth.  What’s a photo booth without props.  We used grass skirts, straw hats, leis, large sunglasses, beach balls, beach buckets, coconut bras and shovels.  The kids had a blast picking out items for their picture.


We purchased a limbo stick and played the limbo with the kids ( Song Choice Limbo Rock)

Freeze Dance ( play music while the kids dance, when the music stops the kids have to stop dancing.  If someone is moving after the music stops they are out.  Last kid standing wins)

Musical Chairs

Conga Line

Outside Shaving Cream Twister.  Play the game Twister the usual way but have shaving cream on each of the colored circles.  Messy but fun.

Water Balloon or Water Gun Fight

Arts and Crafts 

Sand Art

Temporary Tattoos (summer themed)

Goodie Bags

If you are having a birthday party and need a goody bag idea, purchase small beach buckets, fill with a pair of sunglasses, bubbles, candy or goldfish

Overall, Luau parties are a great theme for a party. Throw one to bring in the beginning of summer, to end summer or as a birthday party.  I recommend this party for ages 5-12

Should I Bring my Child to Las Vegas? Las Vegas with Kids?

I’ve been to Las Vegas many times over the years throughout my 20’s and very early 30’s.  I’ve always had so much fun going to the many pool parties and nightclubs that Vegas has to offer.  I’ve never had less than the time of my life while vacationing over there.  Las Vegas is actually my favorite place to travel.  Now I’m in my mid 30’s and a proud mamma of a little girl.  So, when I was offered the opportunity to go again I was super excited, however with no child care on hand I knew I had to bring her with me.  We had so much fun, but still not the same as before.  So, my personal opinion is…It depends on what you want out of the vacation.  If you want that great night life, adult entertainment, fun gambling and pool parties leave your child at home, if you can.  If you want to just visit the area and experience all the beautiful hotels and family friendly exhibits, bring the kids along.  You will still have fun as long as you know what you came to do.

Here is a list of kid friendly things to do in Las Vegas

  1. Visit the Siegfried and Roy’s Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at the Mirage. They have many white tigers, leopards, lions on display.  You can also get an up-close view of the dolphins and learn about their habitat.
  2. las2las3Watch the volcano erupt Nightly at the Mirage.  This is definitely a kid pleaser with flames and lava that shoot into the sky. Show times run between 8PM-10PM (check with hotel for any times changes)





3. Watch the free Sirens of T.I pirate show at the Treasure Island Resort. (right next to the Mirage).  Show times run between 5:30PM-11:30PM (check with the hotel for any time changes).







4.Get a cupcake at the cupcake ATM at Sprinkles in the Lynx.  What kid doesn’t like a cupcake.








5.Check out the roller coaster at the New York, New York Hotel

6.Visit Hershey’s Chocolate World at New York, New York- They have a self-serve M&M bar, long Twizzlers, giant Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup and more.

7. Watch the dancing fountains at the Bellagio.  Show times run between 3PM and 12AM (make sure you check with the hotel for any changes in show times).

8. Definitely go to the dinner show the Tournament of the Kings at the Excalibur

9. I’m not really one for wax museums however the kids will love Madame Tussauds, the celebrities look so real.

10. For older children, try one of the thrill rides at the top of the Stratosphere.

11.  Also, the older children will love the Mob Museum downtown.

12.  Visit Fremont Street at night.  The kids will love all the lights.  Kids 60 pounds and up can zip line through Fremont Street on SlotZilla.

13. Take a gondola ride at the Venetian.

14. Take the kids to see Terry Factor at the Mirage -I can describe it as a comedy, puppet, singing, very entertaining for all ages.

15. See Gregory Popovich’s Comedy Pet Theater at Planet Hollywood.

16. Teens will like to see the Jabbawockeez.  The dance group became famous when they won America’s Best Dance Crew.

17.  Walk around and visit all the hotels on the strip.  It’s a must especially on a first time visit.  Remember if you have young children, bring a stroller.  Walking is Vegas is a lot for an adult, be mindful of little legs.  If you are going during the warm months, remember you are in the desert.  It gets extremely hot.  Drink plenty of water and keep those kids hydrated.

Kidsplayandcreate picks for best Las Vegas hotels for Kids

  1. Excalibur- Medieval castle style hotel, with arcade
  2. New York, New York- large buildings, statue of Liberty and a roller coaster
  3. Mandalay Bay- They have a huge pool complex with a lazy river, beach, wave pool and an aquarium

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Is It Worth Going to the Long Island Game Farm? Long Island Game Farm Review

I’m always looking for something fun to do with my now 20 month old daughter.  She loves animals so we decided to take a trip to the Long Island Game Farm.

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It cost $18.95 for an adult ticket and children ages 3-12 are $16.95.  luckily my library sells discounted tickets and I was able to get an adult ticket for $10.  Since my daughter Janelle is under 3 she was free.

All the activities in the park you have to pay extra for except the show.

The pony ride is 3 tickets

rides are 1 ticket – carousel, mini train ride, tea cups and bouncy house

Animal food is 3 tickets

The tickets are $2 each or $15 for a wristband for unlimited rides

The bottles to feed the baby animals in the nursery is $4

Camel encounter is $5

So if you want to do everything in the park it adds up.


When we entered the park I bought all the tickets I needed and went on to feed the animals.  You can feed the giraffe, llamas, donkey, sheep and alpacas. They also have feeding tubes that let you slide the food down to feed the zebra, buffalo, ostrich and emu.  They also have a small variety of other animals such as camels, lemurs, monkeys, game8alligators, cougar, pigs, ducks, kangaroo and snake.game6

In a way I felt bad for some of the animals like the giraffe because their cages weren’t that big.








The nursery was Janelle’s favorite part by far.  It had baby goats that you can bottle feed.  Keep in mind that each bottle is $4 and they are small.  The milk is gone within 1-2 minutes.  We had to buy a couple.  Also keep in mind the goats are not shy they run right up to you, but they are harmless.  Janelle was startled at first but loved it and wanted to feed them again and again.








Janelle’s second favorite part.  The baby deer walk around and you can feed them.  They are more gentle and calmer than the goats.  The experience was a lot of fun.










We went on the mini train and the carousel.  In my opinion the rides need a little updating.  The carousel had no belts to strap my baby on and some of the paint was chipping off the horses.  The ride also moved a lot faster than most of the other carousels that I have been on.  The mini train was cute, but also needed to be updated.  There were four adults and some children on the train but it wouldn’t move so one adult had to get off.  When the ride started it still barely made it around the track.  The person controlling the ride had to push it by hand to make it move. A little disappointing to me but Janelle liked it.  She was too small for the bouncy house and we didn’t try the tea cups.






Pony Ride

I did spend the $6 (3 tickets) for Janelle to go on the pony.  They walked around the small track three times.  The pony was very calm.  They wouldn’t let me walk around the track with Janelle, but they had two of the employees walk around with her.  I felt she was safe.   Janelle loved  it.











We saw the dog show which was cute.  They had a bunch of little dogs doing funny tricks.  They brought out a cowboy gun drawing monkey and a large dog.  Janelle really liked the show.







In my opinion the Long Island Game Farm is worth a visit.  You can spend a couple of hours there and do everything.  You don’t need to spend a full day.  It’s a good first park for a toddler.  It’s definitely geared toward children 8 and under. I wouldn’t bring older children as I see them getting bored very quickly. I do feel bad for some of the caged up animals.  I feel some of them need a bit more space to run around.  If I went back I would save my money and skip the mechanical rides unless they were updated.  The nursery, bambiland and the show are the best parts of the park.  If I had to rate my overall experience I would give it a 7 out of 10.


Should I Bring My One-Year-Old to Disney World, Is Disney World Good for Babies?

Should I bring my one-year-old to Disney World?  Will She enjoy it?  Will I have fun?  These are questions I asked myself when my mother booked a Walt Disney World trip for the entire family as a Christmas gift last year.  I didn’t want to sound ungrateful because Disney World is a magical and expensive place.  The trip also included 4 nights at Pop Century, a Disney World Resort (a budget hotel but still expensive).  But I had concerns about bringing baby she was 14 months at the time of the trip, was she just too young?  All I kept thinking about was the plane ride, strollers, will there be anything for her to do there, would this best a great time or a mess.  So I decided to write my review on my whole Disney World experience from getting ready for the trip to actually experiencing Disney with a one-year-old.


Preparing for the trip:

Visit the Walt Disney World web-site and check out all the events and activities that will be going on when you are visiting.  Open My Disney Experience account and get the app for your phone.  It’s free and a great way to book events and activities and view pictures from photographers at the park.


I would definitely make your child familiar with the Disney characters.  I would definitely make your child familiar with the Disney characters.  My daughter Janelle (age 1) loves Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  We watch every day on the Disney Channel and again on Disney Jr. Channel.  She knows Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald very well.  She also knows some other characters from Disney Jr.  Such as Sofia the First, Jake and the Never Land Pirates.  But she doesn’t know much more than that.  She doesn’t know any of the Disney Princesses.  I decided that Mickey Mouse and his friends were enough. So we continued to watch Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.  When it got closer to the trip I would ask her if she wanted to see Mickey Mouse and that we were going to visit Mickey Mouse.


Since we were going to Disney World I decided to get into the full Disney spirit.  After reading some reviews I learned that when visiting Disney World many young children dress up.  They wear Disney Princess outfits, pirate outfits, Minnie Mouse dresses.  I decided that I was going to dress my little Janelle up every day of my trip.  I recommend this is you have children under 7.  It’s so cute for pictures.  So I went to the Disney Store and shopped the clearance rack, you can find some great deals.  I also went to Babies R Us where I found great outfits.  I also recommend that if you have a one-year-old that you get them mouse ears before you go.  I was disappointed to find out that they didn’t have any baby headband mouse ears in all of Disney World ( I know this because I checked at every park).  Luckily one of my outfits from Babies R Us did come with a pair of mouse ears.


Besides from costumes you are going to make sure you bring clothes according to the weather.  We went the last week of February.  It was chilly part of the day so I brought tights for the dresses,  shorts but also pants that go with the shirts and a jacket.


Character Dinning

I recommend this if your baby likes characters.  I had brought my daughter to Sesame Place right before she turned one for the Very Merry Christmas.  She loves Sesame Street s I booked the dinner with Elmo and friends and she loved it.  She was hugging the characters.  I knew I had to do this for Mickey Mouse.  I booked all breakfasts.  I thought is would be a great way to start the day (and it was I will get into that later).  Make sure you do this in advance.  Very important.  Character dinning gets booked up very fast, especially if you want to see the princess.  I would book them as soon as you book your trip.  You can do this in the My Disney Experience section of the Disney World web-site.


I brought my stroller.  When you check the Disney World web-site it says that you can rent them but I don’t recommend this, it can get expensive.  I didn’t bring my “Cadillac” stroller as my mother calls it but I borrowed her smaller stroller.  I would make sure you bring a stroller with a compartment underneath for your diaper bag and souvenirs.  Plus I traveled on Jet Blue Airlines and they give priority boarding to people with strollers.  They hold the stroller for you and it is right there when you get off this plane.  In the parks they have stroller parking for rides and attractions.  I left my stroller and diaper bag there and never had a problem.


Make sure you bring enough diapers.  They are expensive at Disney World.


Make sure you bring your babies sunscreen, also expensive at Disney World.  We went during the winter however during the middle of the day it was quite warm and sunny.  I didn’t think I needed to bring some and then there I was needing to buy some for Janelle in the middle of the park.  $15 that I didn’t need to spend.


I also recommend brining some infant Tylenol or Motrin depending on what you use.  You always want to be prepared is a fever starts up or a tooth decides to come in while on your trip.


Since my daughter was going to be sleeping in a pack-n-play provided by the resort (most hotels offer this feature if you call ahead), I decided to bring my own crib sheet.  You don’t have to do this but my daughter if sensitive to detergents so I thought it would be better to bring my own sheet that I washed in baby detergent.


What do I need for the plane?

If you are taking a plane to Disney World in Florida with a child under 2 they are usually a lap rider, meaning you do not need to buy an airline ticket (check with your airline) but they do need to be registered.  You are also going to need to show a copy of their birth certificate and in some cases immunization record,  Please check the infant policy at your airline.

Don’t forget to pack snacks. You cannot bring any drinks through security check but before I got on the plane I made sure I filled her bottle with milk.

Even though she had already pretty much stopped with the pacifier I brought it for her ears during the flight.  They also have ear plugs for babies in the airport and also on Amazon.


Trip time

Plane Ride

So it was Janelle’s first time on a plane.  We took a very early flight.  It was great because she slept the entire ride.  We are from New York so it’s not far to fly to Florida. So far, so good.

Getting to the resort

If you are staying at a Walt Disney World Resort they pick up right from the airport.  If you stay at a budget resort like we did so does just about everyone else so they wait to get on the bus to the resort might be a little while.  I think we waited about 45 minutes.  This was not fun with Janelle. She wanted to run around (she was well rested while sleeping on the plane). Not the best part of the trip.

Checking in

So, the check in process at the Pop Century was a little long.  It was crowed plus we were traveling with a lot of people so getting all the rooms in order took awhile.  Then comes setting up your Mickey Magic Band which is also your room key and when you link your credit card the way you pay for things on your trip.  I actually loved this.  I didn’t need my wallet.  You just line up Mickey to Mickey at check out and poof easy payment (there is a pin number you have to enter at checkout so you don’t have to worry if you lose it).  Make sure you tell the person who is linking your bracelet who else can have the credit card linked, otherwise it is linked to everyone’s bracelet including kids (again they need your pin to actually use it).

The Pop Century was a nice hotel.  It is huge, the rooms are small but who is really spends time in the room.  I would recommend this hotel.

OK so now I’m checked in, I have my Mickey Magic Band on, I roamed the resort We are ready to have fun.

Riding the Bus

Pop Century did not have the tram service and some of the other Disney World hotels does.  So taking the bus with a one-year-old with a stroller and a diaper bag was challenging at times because the buses were so crowed.  Lucky there were many nice people on those buses who often gave up their seat so I was able to sit down with everything.

Our Disney Trip

I just want to say that my 14 month old had the best time ever.  I am so happy that we went.  Each morning we were able to ate at a character breakfast a little pricey but so worth it.  I was lucky that the trip was a gift so I was able to afford to go every day.  The average cost was $28 per adult.  Under 2 is free.

First morning – Breakfast with Lilo, Stich and Mickey and Donald at the Ohana at the Polynesian Resort.  The food was great! It was served family style, that juice they give you was amazing.  The characters come to each table then at the end the characters and the kids have a little parade.  Janelle loved it.  I have to say she was eating her sausage and eggs at the table in her high chair.  When she saw Mickey Mouse she three her sausage across the table and tried to get out of the chair.  She was so excited.





Second Morning– Breakfast at the Tusker House in Animal Kingdom with Donald and friends.  It was a safari themed. So much fun and the food was great.





Third Morning– We at Hollywood & Vine at Hollywood Studio’s.  Traditional breakfast buffet, eggs, sausage, Micky waffles, cereal, fruit, muffins.  It was very cute.  Sofia the First, Jake, Handy Mandy and Doc McStuffins were all there.  They sang songs and did a dance.  Janelle loved this breakfast.





Fourth Morning Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort,  Excellent one of my favorites.  It was with all of her favorite characters, Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Goofy, Daisy.  It was a huge buffet with eggs, sausage, Mickey waffles, bacon, muffins, cereal, pancakes, dessert  bar.





Magic Kingdom

First your one-year-old is not too young for the autograph book (if they aren’t afraid of the characters).  I bought Janelle one as soon as we go to the park. I brought my own pen because again everything is expensive.  After I showed her what to do with it.  She carried it every where, so adorable.

Helpful Hint– Everytime you visit a character at the character spots in each park, photographers will be taking your child’s picutre.  They will link the picutres to your magic band that you can view on-line or at a photo place in the park.  They let you take your own pictures! You don’t have to sneak a picutre.  So, if you are taking this trip on a buget I recommed taking your own picutres as the Disney picutres are expensive.  If they take a picture that you really want, buy it at the park before the end of your trip.  You can buy them on-line, but you get a better buy at the park and then you don’t have to pay for shipping.

Make sure you check out the welcoming show at the castle.  It’s on every morning when the park opens.

It’s a Small World, the Winnie the Pooh Ride and the Merry-go-Round were all of Janelle’s favorite rides.  She had so much fun.  I recommend going on these rides.


She also liked the Jungle Cruise, Pirates of the Caribbean and Under  the Sea, Journey of the Little Mermaid.

We went into Mickey’s PhilharMagic.  it’s a 3D movie experience.  Janelle was not happy with this.  She would not wear the 3D glasses.  I would not recommend doing this with a one-year-old, she was just too young.



Janelle loves characters so we went to Pete’s Side Show and visited Minnie, Daisy, Goofy and Donald. She loved it.  She was so excited that I had to pull her away from Minnie Mouse when it was time to leave.


The Magic Kingdom is very baby friendly.  Every bathroom has changing tables and everything is clean.  They also have baby stations throughout the park. The stroller parking is very crowed as they are a lot of babies there.  Sometimes I couldn’t remember where I parked mine in the large sea of strollers.  I recommend tying a bring ribbon on yours so you can pick it out in the crowed.

Make sure you see the parade.  They have one in the afternoon and at night.  It has a lot of lights and is worth the wait.  Make you grab your seats early so you can be in the front row so your baby won’t miss a thing.

By far the best park to visit with a one-year-old out of all the other Disney Parks.  We were at Disney for 5 days and visited this park 4 out of the 5 days.


This park in general I feel is more for adults.  I took her on the Nemo ride which she really enjoyed.  The next ride we went on was Figment.  She had a blast.  After the Figment ride it leads you into an exploring area, it was nice.  They had a section with flashing lights on the floor where Janelle got to run around.  She was so tired after that, she took a nap.  It was the perfect time to explore the different countries.  I also took her on the ride in Mexico featuring Donald Duck.  She liked that ride as well.

We did stay for the firework display at the end of the night.  I wasn’t sure if this was going to be a good idea as fireworks are very loud and I thought she might get scared. It turned out well.  It was a wonderful show and the noise didn’t seem to bother her.


Animal Kingdom

At Animal Kingdom we at breakfast at the Tusker House.  It was a Safari themed restaurant.  The food was very good.  It was a buffet.  Donald and Mickey were there.  It was a lot of fun.

After breakfast we saw the Lion King Show.  It was great.  A lot of music and dancing.  Janelle loves music so she danced right along at her seat.

We went on the Kilimanjaro Safari.  It was great seeing all the animals.  We also did the Pangani Forest Exploration Trail and saw more animals.  We explored the Tree of Life as well.  I did not take her into the 3D it’s a Bugs Life Movie as she did not sit well in the movie at the Magic Kingdom.


Hollywood Studio’s

Couldn’t go on a lot of rides at this park.  They did have the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse live on stage, that was fun even though they weren’t the live character but mechanical and puppets.  Still worth it.  They also had Beauty and the Beast Live on stage that she also loved.  I recommend both, I also recommend getting on-line early so that you get a good seat (Mickey Mouse Clubhouse you sit on the floor).  One of the best things Janelle and I did at this park was taking a picture in front of Cinderella’s carriage that was used in the new Cinderella movie.  It was beautiful and I got a great picture I will enjoy forever.


I had so much fun with my daughter at the park.  I would recommend brining a one-year-old.  I was lucky that my daughter wasn’t afraid of any of the characters in fact I had to pull her away from them a couple of times.  Disney World is such a magical and wonderful place. The people who work there are amazing.  The characters and princesses really spend time with your child.  I can’t wait to go back.  I hope this review helped.  If you have any questions for me please e-mail me at